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Grateful Dead Live at St. Louis Arena on 1977-05-15

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Grateful Dead Live at St. Louis Arena on 1977-05-15

Topics Live concert

Bertha-> Good Lovin', Row Jimmy, Minglewood Blues, Tennessee Jed, Lazy Lightning-> Supplication, Jack A Roe, Passenger, Finiculi Finicula, Brown Eyed Women, Dancin' In The Streets Estimated Prophet-> Eyes Of The World-> Drums-> Samson & Delilah, Ship of Fools, Saint Stephen-> Iko Iko-> Not Fade Away-> Sugar Magnolia, E: Uncle John's Band

Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue St. Louis Arena
Location St. Louis, MO

Source Soundboard
Lineage Sbd MR > ? > CDR > EAC (calibrated, secure mode, test and copy) > SHN
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Sbd MR > ? > CDR > EAC (calibrated, secure mode, test and copy) > SHN; EAC, SHN extraction and etree seeding done by G. Gorinsky; with thanks to Kevin Gills; Lazy lightning beginning cut


Reviewer: jkaput - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 28, 2014
Subject: Awesome show...
with one caveat. The slide work on Row Jimmy is soooo bad. I often wondered what the hell he was thinking when he played slide - mediocre at best, but most often terrible.
Reviewer: lilrichwhiteboy - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 15, 2013
Subject: Hey Sheik, Ya Wanna Trade?
Sheik, I'm a sucker for Auds. I'd love to hear your 2nd set. Could I trade you a fabulous, uncirculated 12.1.79 FOB for yours. I'll send you the whole show for you're half. See my review for the Stanley night if your interested. Thanks.
Reviewer: DeadGoose - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 24, 2006
Subject: Incredible
The New Minglewood is Jerry at his best...also, I cannot find a better version of Dancing anywhere...I played that one for my father and he flipped his lid...exact words, "he just busts it up!" All I can say is that this show, in general, has only made my reverence for the DEAD increased 10 fold more than it was over that last 30 years of my life...I remember 1978 when my babysitter used to play Shakedown for me when I was a kid...I need someone to help me get a hold of this show again...PEACE
Reviewer: humandonkey - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 9, 2005
Subject: a true '77 monster
you always have to take these here reviews with a bit of salt, but in this case, no salt needs to be taken. this is a full-on, colossal '77 killer... everything about this show just gels so well, ebbs/flows, etc... it just seems so effortless, but yet it oozes tons of the ol' GD psychic-improv magic, showing that indeed there was quite a bit of effort to create something of this magnitude. now, keep in mind that nearly everything the dead touched in may '77 turned to shimmering gold, but this show somehow grabbed me as being extra special(not a small feat, mind you...). the first set is just crackling w/energy and the monster "dancin" is pretty god-like(and I usually don't dig on the post-'70 versions of this song...). the second set is where they absolutely bring the fucking hammer down though... every song is completely shit-hot and having the 1st "iko" thown in the mix is complete icing. also, be sure to dig the "ujb" encore, as it is probably the best reading of this song that i've been privy to hearing. HIGHly recommended.
Reviewer: Deep Space - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 11, 2005
Subject: Awsome Upgrade
Thanks Mr. Miller.

You can get it via BT Torrent and believe me its worth every minute. First 3 or 4 songs the levels are a bit off.. (low) but that's at the source ..after that the show is perfect. And I mean perfect.

A true 5 star show. A gem from a great month. Dancin is one of the best of all-time.
Estimated> Eyes as well.
Reviewer: darkstarpat - favoritefavorite - May 2, 2005
Subject: Horrible Quality...Awesome Show
There has to be a better version out there. In a month of excellent shows with excellent quality, its sad that this outstanding show can't be appreciated in the quality of shows like Boston and Buffalo.
Jerry is absolutely inspirational on Estimated>Eyes. The wah-wah just tears, and hes possessed on the solos on Eyes. I love how the band gets kind of directed out of the typical May 77 Not Fade Away into Iko Iko, and then drop right back into Not Fade Away. Killer show...horrible sound, but still wortha listen.
Reviewer: hjl1450 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 16, 2005
Subject: St. Stephen>NFA>IKO>NFA
Can't you just see Phil smiling on those deep thumping bass lines in the intro coming in to Iko...I think Garcia wills the gang into unchartered ground and changes up the scale in order to make possible the Iko because frankly every thing leading up to "hey now" is archtypal spring 77 NFA lead in....really an awesome moment in an awesome tour in an awesome to hear a cleaned up Dick's version of this show, but in some cool way the sound is like an old '67 Avalon Ballroom one, I sorta expect to hear Pigpen wail Smokestack Lightning at any moment!!
Reviewer: shallwego - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 15, 2005
Subject: Better version on the way!
Stay tuned...
Reviewer: mgags - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 30, 2004
Subject: Best show 1977
I'm not an expert at putting musical feelings into words, but I can say that an earlier review by dcain perfectly describes the best EVER version of Estimated>Eyes. Jerry is so possesed during this 25 min segment, I cannot descibe it ....therefore read his review, please. Also as dcain alluded, this Stephen>Aiko>NFA is absolutely stunning! I will add that the ideas flowing out of Jerry's brain during this 25min segment is unparalled. One must have been numb by the time they got to Sugar Mag and encore UJB. PALEASE!
I will say the tape I've had for years is much better (less hiss) than this upload.
Reviewer: Dylanstubs - favoritefavoritefavorite - October 27, 2004
Subject: not crispy but . . .
An incredible performance. I used to have an audience tape of the 1st set that sounded a lot better than this murky soundboard. Maybe someone out there still has it and can transfer it to the digital domain.
Reviewer: asfakroddin - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 22, 2004
Subject: My first dead show
This must have come off of the soundboard. I remember this show and there was hissing and feedback throughout the show....this recording actually does the show justice. In spite of the poor sound quality it was a WICKED show. So put the kids to bed, slap on your headphones, throw on your converse all stars and start rocking.
Reviewer: flashbackmagic - favoritefavoritefavorite - September 30, 2004
Subject: might be, could be
but that hiss is just way too annoying, especially with all the incredible quality shows available. I have to agree the quality of the recording makes it a 3. Some really great jams to be found here, hopefully a better copy will show up soon!
Reviewer: brendanmcauley - favoritefavoritefavorite - September 16, 2004
Subject: St. Stephen!!
This show quite simply put offers up the best St. Stephen of the dead's illustrious history- and the song doesn't even get completed- the last verses after the jam and bridge just were not played. The jam on the intro is spectacular. I have a nice sounding board on tape of this already but know nothing about how to upload it. This recording is lacking in quality pretty severly in my opinion...hisssssssssssssssssssss- but thanks for the upload!! I appreciate it big time!
I have to give a 3 because the quality is quite lacking and my tape probably doesn't sound much better...actually...fantastic show..'St. Louis how sweet it is, good night"..Lesh
Reviewer: sheikyerbouti - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 19, 2004
Subject: whole show rips
this was the first iko ever played and they were on that night start to finish but in particular st stephen iko not fade with the ujb encore - I got a reasonably good audience of the aformentioned parts of the second set in 1983 and have cherished it ever since - not sure a board does this justice as you need to hear the sounds bouncing around inside and the rowdy crowd
Reviewer: sheikyerbouti - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 19, 2004
Subject: whole show rips
this was the first iko ever played and they were on that night start to finish but in particular st stephen iko not fade with the ujb encore - I got a reasonably good audience of the aformentioned parts of the second set in 1983 and have cherished it ever since - not sure a board does this justice as you need to hear the sounds bouncing around inside and the rowdy crowd
Reviewer: Steinbergerman - favoritefavoritefavorite - August 12, 2004
Subject: possibly the best
If this was available in 5/8/77 quality, it could qualify for best of tour status. Not as expansive as some of the others but don't let that fool you. The 2nd set is Otherworldly. Oh where, oh where has the Betty board gone? 3 stars for sound qual, 10 for performance.
Reviewer: Magliocchino - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 28, 2004
Subject: My favorite show
Quite possible my favorite show of all time, but it sounds like the awful cassette tape I've been listening to all these years. Bummer. Show is 5 stars; sound is not.
Reviewer: Ox Fall Down - favoritefavoritefavorite - July 19, 2004
Subject: Decent quality
Fair mix but subpar sound quality. Strong 1st set. Good transition from Estimated into Eyes. Great work leading up to the 1st verse in Eyes. Terrible cut at 5:58 in Ship of Fools. Lovely Uncle John's encore.
Reviewer: dcain - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 4, 2004
Subject: The search for ecstasy
This is what's been said about John Coltrane's playing, and it certainly applies here. Estimated features Garcia's use of full-on WAH. The way he used this device during the performance is special, getting an incredibly rich, full sound. His "inside" solo, like many of this early period, is quite short, just four lines worth. Fortunately, as the band reared this song, the solo grew and prospered.

Eyes begins with a little Lesh solo. He thumps along noticeably throughout. The fun begins with Garcia's break before the "Redeemer" verse. He ends a line with a brush of a chord; pauses; and then unleashes a beautiful run. You can tell that he is thinking his way through this one, not just noodling. Towards the end of his next one, you hear all sorts of phrases, figures and motifs.

After the final "live no particular way" verse," he begins a little tentatively. You wonder if he's out of ideas and will just head off into drums. But he somehow settles on six wonderful notes, descending, and then steps up the staircase to the stars above. Another very special performance from an incredibly gifted guitarist.

(P.S. the search for ecstasy continues at the end of Not Fade Away, a marvelous transition, leaving the crowd wondering where they could possibly be going next. A beautifully tight, hard rocking Magnolia follows.)

(this is not a SBD --- I heard what is either hiss or the cymbals not coming thru quite right --- but it's a performance well worth a listen)
Reviewer: Terry Werner - favoritefavorite - May 18, 2004
Subject: CASS for the ?
i have a pretty trained ear and this sound like there was CASSETTE in the lineage :( >

-too bad, i really wanted the CLEAN sdbd may'77 run
oh well i will be waitin' for the SDBD>PCM>DAT

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